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Jan 8, 2021

Understanding Glaucoma: A Guide to Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, and Prevention

Welcome to Sanctuary Therapies' comprehensive guide on glaucoma, a common eye condition that affects millions of people worldwide. In this article, we will dive into the details of glaucoma, its symptoms, causes, diagnosis, prevention methods, and natural treatment options.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve, leading to gradual vision loss and, if left untreated, eventual blindness. It is often associated with increased pressure inside the eye, known as intraocular pressure (IOP).

Types of Glaucoma

There are two primary types of glaucoma: open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma. Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form and develops slowly over time, whereas angle-closure glaucoma is a more acute condition that requires immediate medical attention.

Symptoms of Glaucoma

The symptoms of glaucoma vary depending on the type and stage of the condition. In the early stages, individuals may not experience any noticeable symptoms. However, as the disease progresses, common symptoms may include:

  • Gradual loss of peripheral vision
  • Blurred vision or the appearance of halos around lights
  • Severe eye pain
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting

Causes and Risk Factors

The exact cause of glaucoma is still unknown, but several risk factors can increase the likelihood of developing the condition. These risk factors include:

  • Elevated intraocular pressure
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • Age (people over 60 are at higher risk)
  • Thin corneas
  • Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease

Diagnosis and Treatment

Early detection is crucial for effective treatment and limiting the progression of glaucoma. Regular eye exams that include comprehensive glaucoma screenings are essential for early diagnosis. These screenings may involve measuring intraocular pressure, examining the optic nerve, and assessing peripheral vision.

If diagnosed with glaucoma, various treatment options are available, including prescription eye drops, oral medications, laser therapy, and surgery. At Sanctuary Therapies, our team of experienced professionals specializes in alternative and natural medicine approaches to support glaucoma treatment, promoting overall eye health and well-being.

Prevention Strategies

While the development of glaucoma cannot always be prevented, certain strategies may help reduce the risk or slow down disease progression. These include:

  • Regular eye exams
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • Managing medical conditions effectively
  • Protecting your eyes from injury and excessive UV exposure
  • Eating a nutritious diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids

Natural Treatment Options

In addition to traditional medical interventions, many individuals seek natural treatment options to complement their glaucoma management. Sanctuary Therapies offers a range of natural therapies, including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal supplements
  • Dietary and lifestyle modifications
  • Stress reduction techniques

It is important to note that natural treatment options should always be discussed with a healthcare professional before incorporating them into your glaucoma management plan.


Glaucoma is a complex eye condition that requires prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment to preserve vision. By understanding the symptoms, causes, diagnosis process, prevention strategies, and natural treatment options, individuals can make informed decisions about their eye health. At Sanctuary Therapies, we strive to provide comprehensive care for glaucoma patients, combining alternative and natural medicine techniques with conventional approaches to optimize overall eye health and well-being.

Don Burkhart
Informative and eye-opening read.
Nov 10, 2023